Meet the Fundraising Regulator – another public champion that doesn’t care about you

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21 Jun 2018

No one in need should put any faith in this toothless ‘regulator’, which has just spent two years squirming out of its responsibility to regulate, writes Christy Romer.

Why I’m not celebrating

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17 May 2018

You may think Debbie Geraghty should be celebrating the current diversity debate, so why isn’t she?

Letter: Facing a closed door

16 May 2018

Stunting community and voluntary arts organisations by restricting access to capital funding will hurt the whole sector in the long term, warns Emma Harvey.

No room for neutrals

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23 Apr 2018

Chris Garrard believes that no one should be neutral in the debate on ethical sponsorship.

Is ACE too posh for pop? Music leaders have their say

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12 Apr 2018

Representatives of Music Venue Trust and the Association of British Orchestras react to UK Music’s provocative call for opera funding to be redistributed.

The elusiveness of everyday culture

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12 Apr 2018

What – or who – needs to change to achieve cultural democracy and how can we remove the tension between official and everyday culture, asks Martin Cox.

Safeguarding the arts in times of economic uncertainty

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22 Mar 2018

Creative Scotland may have been short-sighted to cut funding to Scottish Youth Theatre, but something needs to be done about oversubscription to our arts funding streams. Graham Main suggests some radical solutions.

Classical music education for the 21st century

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22 Mar 2018

ABRSM’s grade eight piano exam syllabus features no women composers this year. Anna Bull calls for music education to start celebrating classical music as a living tradition.

We can’t leave it to chance!

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01 Mar 2018

Mandy Precious considers herself lucky to have discovered the arts, but are the next generation getting the same chances she did?

Will the Change Makers make a difference?

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01 Mar 2018

As one of Arts Council England’s cohort of Change Makers, Andrew Miller reflects on why he accepted the opportunity and what might change as a result.

Why Wales needs to catch up

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22 Feb 2018

The arts sector has a duty to challenge social injustice and promote equality and diversity, but Wales is getting left behind, warns Abdul Shayek.

Is Government preparing to privatise the arts?

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15 Feb 2018

How much longer will the UK government support the arts? Andrew Pinnock fears all signs point to it adopting a much more commercial approach in the future.

Let’s take on panto

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15 Feb 2018

Has panto become culturally inappropriate, racist even? Oh yes it has, calls out Daniel York.

Letter: A matter of deepest regret

15 Feb 2018

Following revelations of elitism in music education, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, says it’s time to put the arts back in the heart of primary and secondary schools.

Why the EBacc will divide society

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18 Jan 2018

Over 100,000 children a year will lose the chance to study the arts when the EBacc becomes compulsory in schools, and the least privileged will lose out most. Is this a conspiracy or a cock-up, asks Liz Hill.

A more creative role for producers

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04 Jan 2018

Once a curator, now a producer, Mary Paterson calls for the artist-producer relationship to be re-imagined as something more creative – and less about social media.

Progress is lovely

18 Sep 2017

Researcher Stephen Pritchard raises concerns that the latest evaluation of ACE’s Creative People and Places programme was based on fatally flawed methodology.

Proper scrutiny in the arts requires a strengthened ombudsman

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22 Aug 2017

National museums and the Arts Council are protected from scrutiny by barriers to accessing Parliament’s investigative arm. It’s time for change, argues Christy Romer.

£2m in Arts Council funding for Emma Rice’s new company is everything that’s wrong with the arts

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27 Jul 2017

If the national funder really cared about equality, it wouldn’t endorse a £2m application from a nine-day-old organisation, argues Christy Romer.

What are we counting?

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25 May 2017

Roger Tomlinson has more questions than answers about the quality metrics system that Arts Council England’s larger NPOs will soon be required to use.

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